In the lead-up to Christmas I love making homemade festive foodie treats to give as gifts to friends & family. I’ve recently received several enquiries about my new creation - Mince Pie Chocolate, so I thought I’d share my recipe here. It’s super-easy to make & packaged in pretty glass jars or Christmas boxes it makes a deliciously quirky gift.  

If you’d like to give it a try. Here’s the recipe & method:

You will need:

1kg chocolate (I use milk & dark in equal quantities), 500g mixed dried fruit, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 4 teaspoons mixed spice, a good glass of Christmas spirit such as brandy or sherry (or orange juice if you prefer), zest of 2 unwaxed oranges, icing sugar to dust, a large baking tray greased & lined with non-stick paper


  1. In a large bowl mix dried fruit, spice, zest & spirit & leave to soak over night
  2. Gently melt chocolate in a large basin over a pan of boiling water
  3. Stir the fruit mixture into the chocolate & press into the baking tray
  4. Turn out when cool, dust with icing sugar & cut into slices
  5. The chocolate will keep packaged for 6-8 weeks  

Also, for those of you who didn’t see my blog last month, I’m happy to say that for the second year running, I’ll be opening my Christmas Pop-up Art Gallery & Gift Shop in Lewes, East Sussex.

The opening times will be 10am-8pm, 6thDecember (Lewes Late Night Christmas Shopping) & 10am-4pm, 7th& 8thDecember.

The venue is a lovely shop just around the corner from Lewes Tourist Information Centre at 2 Fisher Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2DG.

On display will be each of my artwork collections - available to buy as signed art prints, greeting cards, tea towels, bone china mugs & my new 2019 calendars plus studio samples & special seasonal offers - perfect Christmas presents & stocking fillers!

We’ll be offering free, homemade festive treats on Late Night Christmas Shopping between 6pm & 8pm, so if you’re in the area please call in & join us for a mince pie, a meringue - or a piece of mince pie chocolate!

For those of you who are too far away to pay us a visit in Lewes, special seasonal ‘Christmas Pop-Up’ online offers will also be available. I’ll be sharing details on Twitter & Instagram nearer the time, so why not follow me over at:

Twitter @KellyHallDesign

Instagram @kellyhalldesigns

That’s all for now, thank you for reading.